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Uber, Postmates sue to challenge California’s new labor law

Uber, Postmates sue to challenge California’s new labor law

Technology
Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates are suing to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractorsBy DON THOMPSON Associated PressDecember 31, 2019, 7:30 AM3 min readSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set to take effect Wednesday violates federal and state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Uber said it will try to link the lawsuit to another legal challenge filed in mid-December by associations ...
Automaker discounts are bigger heading into the Labor Day weekend sales push. How to snag a deal

Automaker discounts are bigger heading into the Labor Day weekend sales push. How to snag a deal

Finance
If you're in the market for a new car, there's a good chance you'll find some decent deals during the long Labor Day weekend sales push.With vehicles sitting on lots longer and dealerships eager to make room for next year's models, automakers have boosted their discounts ahead of the three-day weekend. The average incentive is $ 4,177 for August, compared with an estimated $ 4,074 in July and $ 3,878 a year ago, according to the latest data from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. "Consumers should see some pretty good deals," said Kelsey Mays, senior editor at Cars.com. "This is one of the marquee weekends, especially when it wraps in August sales like it will this time."The Key Auto Mall car dealership in Moline, Illinois.Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesIn fact, if you're prepared to p...
Labor ministry panel proposes historic minimum wage hike in Japan

Labor ministry panel proposes historic minimum wage hike in Japan

World
July 31 (UPI) -- A Japanese government panel on Wednesday recommended the nation's largest minimum wage increase in nearly 20 years, which would push hourly earnings in major cities like Tokyo above 1,000 yen for the first time. The labor ministry's advisory panel issued the recommendations after marathon meetings that began mid-Tuesday. It proposed raising the national hourly minimum to 901 yen -- equivalent to $ 8.30 -- in fiscal 2019, also a record level. The minimum wage would be higher in certain, larger cities. Seventeen rural areas would see an average of 700 yen ($ 6.45) per hour, whereas Tokyo and Kanagawa would have the highest, at about 1,010 yen ($ 9.33) per hour. In previous years, the minimum wage has risen about 25 yen a year. Some critics say, however, whatever workers ga...
Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

World
SEOUL, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A police investigation found the South Korean presidential office under former President Lee Myung-bak gave a final approval to allow a harsh crackdown on Ssangyong Motors workers in 2009. The Korean National Police Agency revealed on Tuesday the government gave the final go-ahead to allow police to deploy riot police, helicopters and use tear gas liquids and taser guns to disperse unionists of Ssangyong Motors, in a briefing on a six-month probe. Earlier this year, the agency created a committee tasked with investigating alleged human rights violations by police in the Ssangyong Motors strike in 2009. Employees of the then-struggling motor company, now under Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra ownership, occupied their factory from May to August in 2009, in protest...